I Am Making Everything New – Greg Albrecht
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”—Revelation 21:5
God making old things new is one of the great themes of the Bible—and is one of the powerful themes of the gospel.
In the Bible we learn:
• God gives us a new name.
• God gives us new wine.
• We sing a new song.
• God gives us a new heart.
• Jesus gives us a new commandment.
• We become new men and women in Christ.
• God makes a new covenant with us.
• God gives us new life—life that never ages or wears out—eternal life.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 …if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
God is in the salvation business. He is in the reclamation and restoration business. God takes stuff and people who have been discarded, thrown away and junked and breathes new life into them.
Our physical world is filled with death and decay. The cycle of life ensures aging and obsolescence. You buy a shiny new car and five years later it looks like it has been through a war. You move into a new house and you try to maintain it, take care of the plants and lawn, keep the house painted—but sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, given the time you have, the house seems to start falling apart around you.
You buy a new computer, only to find out a few years later that it is now obsolete. Or, you discover that your still “new” computer needs new software—it needs updating. How convenient for software companies!
Human lives can seem like discarded objects found in trash cans and junk heaps. Our lives are corroded and coated with layers of filth, dust and grime. Our lives are filled with anger, bitterness, lust, envy, jealousy and hatred. We aren’t a pretty picture, but God loves us anyway, and instead of walking away from us, God says, I Am Making Everything New.
God sees past all the layers of grime and dust. He sees past the scars and the pain, and he sees what he can make of us. He sees how we can become what Paul calls his handiwork or his workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).